Sony STR-ZA3100ES vs Pioneer VSX-531

STR-ZA3100ES vs VSX-531 comparison chart

Sony STR-ZA3100ES vs Pioneer VSX-531 review

Sony STR-ZA3100ES
vs
Pioneer VSX-531

Here we show you AV receivers comparison of Sony STR-ZA3100ES vs Pioneer VSX-531 based on specifications, reviews and ratings. The STR-ZA3100ES has 7.2 channels amplifier and the VSX-531 5.1 channels. Only the STR-ZA3100ES has a Dolby Atmos support. DTS:X is supported only by the STR-ZA3100ES. We have evaluated both AV receivers, STR-ZA3100ES has an overall score of 6.3 out of 10 vs 4.3 out of 10 for VSX-531.

Advantages Sony STR-ZA3100ES over Pioneer VSX-531

  • Bi-amp connection of front speakers
  • HDMI eARC features compatible
  • Dolby Vision compatible
  • Has a GUI (Graphic User Interface)
  • Setup assistant
  • Multi-zone
  • IMAX Enhanced certification

Advantages Pioneer VSX-531 over Sony STR-ZA3100ES

  • Delivers 80W/8Ohm (2 channel driven) vs 70W/8Ohm

Common strengths

  • Pure direct/Straight decode mode is enabled
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Product

Sony STR-ZA3100ES
Pioneer VSX-531

Model

STR-ZA3100ES
VSX-531

Brand

Sony
Pioneer

Reviews

6
144

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
5.1

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

70/8, 90/6
80/8, 140/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
20Hz-20KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.09
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

DCAC EX
MCACC

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Sound Optimizer
Advanced Sound Retriever

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

6/2
4/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
1

Headphone output

0
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2
1

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

2
2

Component input/output

2/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, setup mic
USB, phones, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz
4K/60Hz

8K signal pass-through

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

HLG
DeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD
fluorescent

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
USB

Other additional features

has not
has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
has not

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
has not

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

has not
has not

RS-232

1
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/2
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

3
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD
DTS 96/24, DTS Neo:6

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

has not
has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W

290
220

Standby consumption, W

0.3
0.45

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43 x 17.4 x 41/17 x 6.7 x 16.1
43.5 x 16.8 x 32/17 x 6.3 x 12.6

Weight, kg/lbs

12.7/28
8/17.6

Other

Release year

2017
2016
Sony STR-ZA3100ES
Pioneer VSX-531
Sony STR-ZA3100ES
Pioneer VSX-531

AV receivers CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.3
  • 4.3
  • 6.3Sony STR-ZA3100ES
  • 4.3Pioneer VSX-531

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